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Fears Of Tsunami Off Russian Coast Dissolve

(RFE/RL) November 15, 2006 -- Fears in Japan and Russia that an earthquake off the coast of Russia's Kurile Islands could trigger a tsunami have proved unfounded.

Residents of coastal regions in northern Japanese had been ordered to evacuate to higher ground after Japan's meteorological service measured an undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 8.

In Russia, authorities on Sakhalin Island also issued a tsunami alert.

The warnings were later canceled and the evacuated residents were allowed to return home.

No reports of damage from the quake have yet been reported.

(AP, Interfax)